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Mr. Darcy's Proposal Paperback – September 22, 2011
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Ms. Mason-Milks says, “Writing stories inspired by Austen’s books offers a way to spend more time with characters I’ve grown to love. Just because the book ends, it doesn’t have to be the end of the story.” In addition to writing, her other loves include singing in "a cappella joy" (a women's barbershop chorus), reading, and yoga. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and their three cats. In addition to her blog at http://www.austen-whatif-stories.com, she is also part of a group blog called austenauthors.net.
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Another delightful Austen variation by one of the authors frequently featured on the website Austen Variations, Mr. Darcy's Proposal is a terrific read, indeed!
Darcy follows her to Hertfordshire bringing Bingley with him. He proposes to her there, stating that he can help her and her family in the event of her fathers death. After thinking about his offer she decided to take him up on it. It is understandably, an unhappy time for Elizabeth.
After Mr. Bennet's death, Darcy and Elizabeth go to Pemberley, where many misunderstandings begin. I must say, I was getting a little frustrated with how long it was taking for them to begin understanding one another. When they finally resolve their differences it is very good!
Overall I really enjoyed reading this story.
Mr. Darcy's Proposal is a what-if version that has Mr. Bennett ailing and Darcy coming to the rescue as he proposes marriage to Elizabeth. Despite her feelings of at best indifference towards Mr. Darcy, she agrees to marry him in order to find protection for herself, her mother, and her sisters. Darcy knows Elizabeth is not in love, but he hopes to win her affection by changing and proving to her his worth and character.
I found it a little similar to Abigail Reynolds what-if version of Mr. Fitzwillam Darcy: The Last Man in the World, but I loved that book, re-read it often, and pass it on to everyone, so I enjoyed the similarities. If you enjoyed that one, you too will love this one too!
Is something wrong with me? I have no idea why I love having my heart wrenched inside-out every time Darcy and Elizabeth misunderstand or verbally abuse one another, but I love it and this novel provided plenty of it! I also loved that Lydia and Wickham were still included and used to progress the plot. So often in what-ifs these two are left out, or they don't end up being married, because they don't fit in the story any longer. I really enjoyed the author's version of this, as it brought Darcy and Elizabeth back together and it was reflective of the Jane Austen original.
Those who struggle with the Regency style and get bogged down or frustrated, may find this to be a good introduction or alternative. So many times people tell me they are hesitant towards Pride and Prejudice because you have to get use to the pace of the language. To be honest, I find the thick language addicting and seeking out difficult diction on purpose, but I understand others' hesitation. I found this writing style more simplistic and although the book is lengthy, it flies by because the dialogue is fast paced and aggressive.
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